Walter Berry papers, 1885-1927
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Brief Description: The collection of lawyer and arts patron, Walter Berry, spans the years 1885-1927 and consists primarily of notebooks, scrapbooks, photographs, postcards, and copies of some of his published works.  Notebooks and scrapbooks comprise the bulk of the collection. Many are undated and written in French; those that have been dated span the years 1913 to 1927.  Of note in the collection are a postcard tentatively identified as having been written by Edith Wharton, and a handwritten manuscript identified as copies of two short poems by her.
Held at:
Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
605 Agriculture Dr.
MC 6632
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-453-2516
Fax: 618-453-3451
Email: speccoll [at]
Record Series Number: 1/1/MSS 199
Created by: Berry, Walter, (1859-1927)
Volume: 3.0 Boxes
Arrangement: Organized into six series: (1) Personal Papers, (2) Correspondence, (3) Notebooks, (4) Scrapbooks, (5) Published Works, (6) Photographs and postcards.
Biographical Note for Berry, Walter, (1859-1927) : Walter Van Rensselaer Berry was born to Nathaniel and Catherine (nee Van Rensselaer) Berry in July, 1859 in Paris, France.  The Berrys lived a few years in Paris, then returned to Albany, New York.  Berry graduated from Harvard in 1881; he began studying law in 1883, and opened a law office specializing in international law in Washington, D.C. in 1885.  From 1908 to 1911 he was a judge at the International Tribunal in Cairo, Egypt, but resigned due to poor health.  From 1916 to 1923 he was president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Paris. Although a life-long bachelor, Walter Berry was a companion of many writers and artists, including Marcel Proust and Caresse and Harry Crosby.  He had an especially close friendship with American novelist Edith Wharton. Suffering from poor health all his life, Berry died October 12, 1927.
Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.
Subject Index
Berry, Walter, 1859-1927
Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937
Genres/Forms of Material
Berry, Walter, 1859-1927 - Correspondence
Manuscripts for publication.
Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937 - Correspondence
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
French [fre]
Rights/Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permissions from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.
PreferredCitation: [Item], Walter Berry papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.